Dorothy Gish (1898–1968)

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Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became part of the act. To supplement their income, the ... See full bio »


(age 70) in Rapallo, Liguria, Italy

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Known For

Gretchen the Greenhorn Gretchen Van Houck
Little Miss Rebellion Grand Duchess Marie Louise


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 1963 The Cardinal
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Morning's at Seven (1960) ... Aaronetta
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Arry Gibbs
- Morning's at Seven (1956) ... Arry Gibbs
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Miss Susie Slagle
- Miss Susie Slagle's (1955) ... Miss Susie Slagle
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Miss Psyche
- Floodtide (1954) ... Miss Psyche
 1949-1954 The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Surratt
- The Story of Mary Surratt (1949) ... Mary Surratt
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Mrs, Lapham
- The Rise and Fall of Silas Lapham (1954) ... Mrs, Lapham
 1952-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Ellen Zalinka / Emily Madison
- Harvest (1953) ... Ellen Zalinka
- The Post Road (1952) ... Emily Madison
 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Oil Well (1953)
 1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls
Helen Doubleday
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- Detour (1951)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Lady Emily Lyons
- The Bishop Misbehaves (1951) ... Lady Emily Lyons
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
- Spring Again (1951)
 1946 Centennial Summer
Mrs. Rogers
 1944 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Mrs. Skinner
 1930 Wolves
Leila McDonald
 1927 Madame Pompadour
Madame Pompadour
 1927 Tiptoes
Tiptoes Kaye
 1926/II Camille (Short)
 1926 London
Mavis Hogan
 1926 Nell Gwyn
Nell Gwyn
 1925 Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Chariot Race Spectator (uncredited)
 1925 Clothes Make the Pirate
Betsy Tidd
 1925 The Beautiful City
 1924 Romola
 1923 The Bright Shawl
La Clavel (as Miss Dorothy Gish)
 1923 Fury
 1922 The Country Flapper
Jolanda Whiple - the Country Flapper
 1921 Orphans of the Storm
Louise Girard
 1921 The Ghost in the Garret
Delsie O'Dell
 1920 Flying Pat
Patricia Van Nuys
 1920 Little Miss Rebellion
Grand Duchess Marie Louise
 1920 Remodeling Her Husband
Janie Wakefield
 1920 Mary Ellen Comes to Town
Mary Ellen
 1919 Turning the Tables
Doris Pennington
 1919 Nobody Home
Frances Wadsworth
 1919 Nugget Nell
Nugget Nell
 1919 I'll Get Him Yet
Susy Faraday Jones
 1919 Peppy Polly
 1919 Boots
 1918 The Hope Chest
Sheila Moore
 1918 Battling Jane
 1918 The Hun Within
 1918 Hearts of the World
The Little Disturber
 1917 Her Official Fathers
 1917 Stage Struck
Ruth Colby
 1917 The Little Yank
Sallie Castleton
 1916 Children of the Feud
Sairy Ann
 1916 Atta Boy's Last Race
Lois Brandon
 1916 Gretchen the Greenhorn
Gretchen Van Houck
 1916 Susan Rocks the Boat
Susan Johnstone
 1916 Little Meena's Romance
 1916 Betty of Greystone
Betty Lockwood
 1915 Her Mother's Daughter (Short)
 1915 Jordan Is a Hard Road
Cora Findley
 1915 Old Heidelberg
Katie Ruder
 1915 Bred in the Bone (Short)
Mercy, at Sixteen
 1915 Victorine (Short)
 1915 The Little Catamount (Short)
Hattie - the Little Catamount
 1915 The Mountain Girl (Short)
Nell - the Mountain Girl
 1915 Out of Bondage (Short)
Mary McRae
 1915 Her Grandparents (Short)
 1915 Minerva's Mission (Short)
 1915 The Lost Lord Lowell (Short)
Molly - the Maid
 1915 How Hazel Got Even (Short)
 1915 An Old-Fashioned Girl (Short)
Abigail - the Country Girl
 1915 His Lesson (Short)
Participant in Mob Scene (uncredited)
 1914 A Duel for Love (Short)
 1914/I The Better Way (Short)
 1914 The Sisters (Short)
Carol (May's younger sister)
 1914 The Saving Grace (Short)
Mollie Kite - The Girl
 1914 The Availing Prayer (Short)
May Rock
 1914 Back to the Kitchen (Short)
The Ranchman's Daughter
 1914/I The Warning (Short)
 1914 Sands of Fate (Short)
Helen Robinson
 1914 Down the Hill to Creditville (Short)
Mamie New
 1914 Granny (Short)
 1914 A Lesson in Mechanics (Short)
Ruth Wilson
 1914 Her Mother's Necklace (Short)
 1914 The Tavern of Tragedy (Short)
Dorothy Bell - the Innkeeper's Stepdaughter
 1914 The Painted Lady (Short)
Jess - the Younger Sister
 1914 The City Beautiful (Short)
The City Girl
 1914 Arms and the Gringo (Short)
 1914 Their First Acquaintance (Short)
Miriam Talbot
 1914 The Newer Woman (Short)
 1914 The Mountain Rat (Short)
Nell - 'The Mountain Rat'
 1914 Silent Sandy (Short)
Mary Jones
 1914/I The Wife (Short)
Kitty Ives - Debutante
 1914 A Fair Rebel (Short)
Joan Fitzhugh - the Adopted Sister
 1914 Home, Sweet Home
Sister of Payne's Sweetheart
 1914 Liberty Belles (Short)
Dorothy Ketcham
 1914 The Different Man (Short)
 1914 The Floor Above (Short)
Stella Ford
 1914 Cigar Butts (Short)
 1914 The Old Man (Short)
The Maid-of-All-Work
 1914 The Mysterious Shot (Short)
Marylee Price
 1914 Judith of Bethulia
The Crippled Beggar
 1914 Her Old Teacher (Short)
 1913 The House of Discord (Short)
The Daughter
 1913 By Man's Law (Short)
At League Meeting (uncredited)
 1913 A Cure for Suffragettes (Short)
 1913 The Lady in Black (Short)
The Girl
 1913 The Adopted Brother (Short)
The Daughter
 1913 The Suffragette Minstrels (Short)
Among Suffragette Minstrels
 1913 Papa's Baby (Short)
Young Mother
 1913 The Widow's Kids (Short)
One of the Kids
 1913 Those Little Flowers (Short)
A Messenger
 1913 The Vengeance of Galora (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1913 Pa Says (Short)
 1913 Her Mother's Oath (Short)
The Daughter
 1913 Almost a Wild Man (Short)
Miss Smart / Sideshow Patron
 1913 Red Hicks Defies the World (Short)
Hicks' Sweetheart
 1913 His Mother's Son (Short)
Woman at Dock (uncredited)
 1913 Just Gold (Short)
The Sweetheart's Sister
 1913 The Lady and the Mouse (Short)
The Second Sister
 1913 The Perfidy of Mary (Short)
 1913 Broken Ways (Short)
In Telegraph Office (uncredited)
 1913 Oil and Water (Short)
In First Audience (uncredited)
 1912 A Cry for Help (Short)
Witness to Accident
 1912 The Burglar's Dilemma (Short)
Birthday Wellwisher
 1912 My Hero (Short)
The Young Woman
 1912 The Informer (Short)
The Southern Girl
 1912 My Baby (Short)
Wedding Guest
 1912 Gold and Glitter (Short)
On Street (uncredited)
 1912 The Musketeers of Pig Alley (Short)
Frizzy-Haired Woman in Street (uncredited)
 1912 The Painted Lady (Short)
Belle at Ice Cream Festival (uncredited)
 1912 So Near, Yet So Far (Short)
A Friend
 1912 Two Daughters of Eve (Short)
In Theatre Crowd
 1912 An Unseen Enemy (Short)
The Younger Sister
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Brittle Heaven. Drama. Written by Vincent York and Frederik Pohl. Incidental music by Rudolf Forst. Scenic Design by P. Dodd Ackerman. Directed by Clarence Derwent. Vanderbilt Theatre: 13 Nov 1934- Dec 1934 (closing date unknown/23 performances). Cast: Edith Atwater (as "Helen Hunt"), Dorothy Gish (as "Emily Dickinson"), Grant ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 31 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Dorothy Gish


5' 2" (1.57 m)


James Rennie  (divorced)


Mary Gish


Lillian Gish (sibling)

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Personal Quote:

[on why she turned down a million dollar offer from Paramount in 1919] At my age all that money would ruin my character. See more »


Related, on her mother's side, to U.S. President Zachary Taylor. See more »

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